The singer and actor, real name Michael Lee Aday, was well know for his powerful, wide-ranging voice with hits including Bat Out Of Hell and I’d Do Anything For Love.
Meat Loaf dead: Full statement
A statement on the artist’s official Facebook page said he died with his wife by his side.
It read: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.
“His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including “Fight Club”, “Focus”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Wayne’s World.”
“’Bat Out of Hell’ remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.
“We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man.
“We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time.
“From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!”
Meat Loaf fans react to his death
As news broke of his passing, fans rushed to social media to pay their respects.
One fan wrote: “RIP Meat Loaf, you will be sadly missed.”
“So sad to hear the news of the passing of a big man with a big voice,” added another.
A third said: “Musical legend, may the music continue up there. RIP Meat Loaf.”